We found 123 providers with an interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and who accept Blue Preferred Plus near West Bloomfield, MI.

Dr. Brian J. Kolender, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine
5807 West Maple Road; Suite 171
West Bloomfield Township, MI
 

Dr. Brian Kolender's specialties are general practice and preventive medicine. These areas are among Dr. Kolender's clinical interests: diabetes, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and preventive care. The average patient rating for Dr. Kolender is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Vinay Kunar Malviya, MD
Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology
4610 Cimarron Drive
Bloomfield Hills, MI
 

Dr. Vinay Malviya's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology. In addition to English, Dr. Malviya (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise consist of gynecological problems, colposcopy, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Malviya is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. Before completing his residency at Grant Medical College & Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Malviya attended medical school at Grant Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Colposcopy, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Walter John Cukrowski, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
29877 Telegraph; Suite 100
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Walter Cukrowski is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cukrowski honors. Before performing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Cukrowski attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He is affiliated with McLaren Health Care, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Geoffrey J Gladstone, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
29201 Telegraph Road; Suite 324
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstone is a specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He works in Southfield, MI, Saint Clair Shores, MI, and Rochester, MI. Dr. Gladstone is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and collagen injections. His professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and Genesys Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Detroit. Patient ratings for Dr. Gladstone average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gladstone is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Dr. Carrie Fenton Fenton, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
39475 Lewis Drive; Suite 130
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Carrie Leff's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and general pediatrics; she sees patients in Novi, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leff include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Henry Ford Health System. Before performing her residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Leff attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Bethany Bethany Clary, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
28455 Haggerty Road; Suite 100
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Bethany Clary is a family medicine practitioner. Her areas of clinical interest consist of bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, preventive care, and women's health issues. Dr. Clary is affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Henry Ford Health System. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Providence Hospital. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Clary is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Preventive Care, Women's Health Issues

Milton J Stern
Specializes in Podiatry
29355 Northwestern Highway; Suite 110
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Milton Stern works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon in Southfield, MI. His areas of expertise include holistic medicine, diabetic foot ulcers, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stern has received the distinction of Board Certified with American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Stern is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Jeffrey Louis Provizer, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
Walled Lake, MI
 

Dr. Jeffrey Provizer specializes in family medicine and practices in Walled Lake, MI. His education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, women's health issues, and sports health. Dr. Provizer is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
32255 Northwestern Highway; Suite 130
Farmington Hills, MI
 

Dr. Barry Feldman's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Feldman include diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and holistic medicine. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and residency at Providence Hospital, Southfield and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Feldman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and Henry Ford Health System.

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Dr. Izzat Elias Carouba, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
29877 Telegraph; Suite 401
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Izzat Carouba's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Carouba has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carouba include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He takes AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Carouba attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Carouba (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Carouba's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, X-Rays

Specializes in Ophthalmology
29877 Telegraph; Suite 100
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Mark Rubinstein is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, macular degeneration, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Rubinstein a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Rubinstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. Mary Mercy Livonia, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Implant Surgery, Cataracts, Glaucoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anibal Drelichman, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
31500 Telegraph Road; Suite 225
Bingham Farms, MI
 

Dr. Anibal Drelichman is an adult oncologist and medical oncologist in Southfield, MI, Novi, MI, and Bingham Farms, MI. After completing medical school at National University of Asunción Faculty of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at DMC Harper University Hospital. Dr. Drelichman has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Drelichman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Drelichman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence - Providence Park Hospitals and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Richard M Brown, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
27774 Franklin Road
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Richard Brown works as a family medicine practitioner in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and electrocardiogram (EKG). His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Brown takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brown's education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Electrocardiogram

Dr. Lawrence Mark Eilender, MD
Specializes in Neurology
26400 W. Twelve Mile Road; Suite #170
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Lawrence Eilender works as a neurologist. Dr. Eilender's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery and neurological disorders. He accepts AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. Dr. Eilender's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Henry Ford Health System.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Neurological Disorders

Randy Michael Leff
Specializes in Podiatry, Foot & Ankle Surgery
29201 Telegraph Road; Suite 100
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Randy Leff works as a foot doctor and foot and ankle surgeon. His training includes a residency program at Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Leff's clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hammer toe, and bunions. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Providence - Providence Park Hospitals, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Leff's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Irfan Omar, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
29877 Telegraph; Suite 301
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Irfan Omar practices adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney problems. Dr. Omar is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He attended medical school at Nishtar Medical College. Dr. Omar completed his residency training at Royal Victoria Infirmary and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Omar (or staff) speaks Urdu, Persian, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Renal Biopsy, Hypertension, Dialysis, Kidney Problems

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What is Bloodless Medicine?

For a variety of reasons, some people feel strongly about refusing blood transfusions and blood products. Bloodless medicine is an emerging medical practice that seeks to provide full medical care, including surgery, for these patients without the use of transfusions.

There are many legitimate reasons why a patient might wish to refuse blood products. Perhaps the most well known are the religious beliefs of certain groups, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. But religious beliefs are not the only reason someone might choose bloodless medicine. Some of these reasons include:

  • Ethical decisions about the limited supply of blood available
  • Patients with rare blood types may not have access to donor blood
  • Fear of receiving the wrong blood type, which can cause a significant allergic reaction
  • Concerns about infectious diseases that could possibly infect the blood supply, such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Epstein-Barr, or Mad Cow Disease

When it comes to surgery, bloodless medicine succeeds by increasing the amount of red blood cells a patient produces before surgery, replacing any lost blood with fluids, carefully managing the patient’s health during surgery, and meticulously controlling blood loss so that as little bleeding as possible occurs.

Preparation begins by increasing the number of red blood cells the patient produces, so that any loss during surgery will not be as harmful. Patients may be instructed to eat iron-rich foods, given iron supplements, or given medications to increase their hemoglobin. The least invasive surgical procedures available will be chosen, as they require tiny incisions.

During surgery, patients are often positioned on a slope with their head lowered, to protect their brain from any blood loss. Their blood pressure may be lowered and their body temperature raised to reduce bleeding. They may be given 100% oxygen to help a reduced number of red blood cells carry sufficient oxygen to their body. Modern surgical tools are used that cauterize any broken blood vessels as soon as they are cut, in order to minimize blood loss.

Sometimes, a technique known as hemodilution is used. A portion of blood is removed from the patient at the beginning of surgery and replaced with fluids, diluting the blood circulating within the body. If bleeding occurs during surgery, the blood lost is this dilute blood, and not as critical. After surgery, the pure blood is replaced. In some cases blood that is lost during surgery can also be collected, cleaned, and returned to the patient.

Not all surgeries can be performed bloodless, but most can, including:

  • Open heart surgery
  • Liver transplants
  • Urinary tract surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Brain surgery

Despite all the precautions taken, during any surgery there is the possibility of unexpected hemorrhage. A hemorrhage, or severe episode of bleeding, can be life threatening without the help of transfused blood. Before any surgical procedure, it is important to make a plan with your physicians about what steps you would like them to take, or not take, in case the unexpected happens.

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